What Does Your Orthodontist Recommend on Valentine’s Day?

If you or your loved ones plan to indulge in the sweets this year on Valentine’s Day, remember to take the correct preventative measures in keeping your mouth and teeth safe from harm. At Smiles in Framingham in Framingham MA, Dr. Himelhoch has the tools you need to get through the holiday and the days that follow safely and efficiently.

Many treats can cause destruction for children who have bracesclear aligners or other orthodontic appliances. Certain treats can be the cause toward potential damage that can delay orthodontic treatment. Learn about what treats you can eat and what you should avoid to protect your teeth and gums, and what you can do to obtain the best oral health.

5 Safety Tips for a Healthy Looking Smile:

  • Avoid those hard sticky or chewy candies: You’ll find that these candies will stick to your mouth, making it more difficult for you to fully clean your teeth properly.
  • If you are going to eat candy, stick to the melt-in-your-mouth chocolates: These tasty treats are just as enjoyable as any, and they are safer toward your overall oral health.
  • Clean your teeth after every meal: If it isn’t possible to brush your teeth right away, rinse your mouth with a glass of water to rid your mouth of any leftover food and sugar.
  • Remember to keep a healthy routine to maintain a clean looking mouth: Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily in order to keep the development of your teeth and mouth bright and strong.
  • Stay away from sugary drinks, such as soda: Stick to healthier drinks such as water, milk, and tea. Drinks that contain sugar tend to contribute to the discoloration of your teeth, destroying tooth enamel and its protective outer layer.

Brace the ones you love! If you are new to the game of braces and orthodontia, you may be tempted by the candies that were once so easy for you to eat. However, on this Valentine’s Day, you have to be weary of what can do more harm than good to your mouth. Eating hard and sticky candies such as Jolly Ranchers, lollipops, gum drops, popcorn, and caramel may not be as simple as it used to be. Consumption of these foods are no good for your dental care, and can be very difficult to clean off of teeth.

What Can Braces Fix?

  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Our bite: Overbite and underbite
  • Teeth alignment: Filling in any gaps between our teeth
  • Jaw misalignment

There are several problems that braces can help fix. By seven years old, a child’s mouth is usually developed enough to recognize any of these potential dental issues. If you or your child are suffering from any orthodontic problems, don’t panic. Here at Smiles in Framingham in Framingham, MA, we are devoted to providing you with the proper dental care you need in finding that perfect smile. Please contact us at 508-872-0555 to set an appointment with Dr. Himelhoch.

To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch